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Published July 5th 2014
Where are the best Thai restaurants in Sydney?
Thai cuisine is so popular in Sydney and the number of Thai restaurants only seems to be growing day by day. There are a few areas populated with Thai restaurants, such as Newtown and Thaitown, but you can pretty much find a Thai restaurant at every corner in Sydney, or a new one popping up.
I honestly think that the standard of Thai food in Sydney is very high, such that it is hard to find a bad Thai restaurant. Being spoilt with choices, how do you weed out the great from the good or ordinary? I am by no means the ultimate authority on this, but below are my top three (in no particular order) which I will always go back to for a great meal.
For a delicious meal at a great value (approx. $15 to $20 per person), you can't miss Home Thai. Every dish there is great (and I mean every), but my favourites are the Pad Thai and fried breadsticks with pandan custard, so save some room for dessert! I can't rave enough about the Pad Thai as it has the perfect balance of flavour and texture, and I love how you get to mix the spice and sugar in yourself. You can also have it with glass noodles instead of the usual thin rice noodles.
Home Thai is available at two locations - Sussex St and Dixon St. You will find a long queue at the Sussex St branch, so I always go to the branch at Dixon St, although the former has a more authentic ambiance.
Chat Thai is very similar to Home Thai, although I think Chat Thai offers a more extensive menu and more variety. I also love the range of desserts on offer, especially the Thai cakes or 'kuih' as I would call them. They have a few branches, including one at the aforementioned Thaitown (which opens until 2am everyday), one at Level 6 of Westfield CBD, and one at The Galleries food court (and also Manly and Randwick). Again the original branch always seems to be the best with long queues, but the one at Westfield is pretty good too. They also do birthday celebrations where their staff will dim the lights and play the Happy Birthday song.
Muum Maam is a place I would take my friends or visiting guests to on a special occasion. The food is less traditional and more expensive (approx. $20 to $30 per person), but they make every single dish so perfect that it is hard not to remember this restaurant. The stand-out dishes for me are the deep fried spring rolls (which I think have been taken off the menu), 'Crying tiger' wagyu beef (so tender!) and stir fried morning glory. It is located at 50 Holt St in Surry Hills, about 3 minutes walk from Central Station.
For those on a budget, Newtown has a row of Thai restaurants (targeted at students mainly) with a $7 lunch menu. For cheap and good Thai food, I would also recommend Satang Thai on Quay St. If anyone has any other so called 'best' Thai restaurants in mind, please share!